Contributor Post Created with Sketch. RNC Night 2 Wrap-up

 

The Very Online Left is livid over Night Two of the Republican National Convention. Why? Trump pardoned a reformed ex-con and swore in several new immigrants. This is the pickle Democrats and the Media have gotten themselves into. Yet again.

The unhinged rage at everything this president does might earn them back-pats in their gated communities, but makes them look, well, unhinged to everyone else. The more they scream about a presidential pardon, average voters think ‘oh, that was cool to pardon a guy.’ By condemning a naturalization ceremony, they think, ‘I wish I would have seen that. Guess I should tune-in for Night Three.’

The left remains unable to pick their battles but treats every Trump utterance with sputtering denunciations and comparisons to Hitler. Trump rings a bell, the baying left drools. (At this point, if the President said Pavlov’s dog was cute, the media would claim puppy breath was a Kremlin-funded bioweapon.)

As with Night One, Tuesday’s presentation ran smoothly with compelling speakers from across America. Instead of Hollywood’s A-list, there was a dairy farmer, a truck driver, and a New Mexico cop who adopted the child of an opioid addict. A Maine lobstah-man shared his great accent, as did the mayor of a small town in Minah-sohhda.

The rising star of the night was Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s new Attorney General, who again stressed the need for African Americans to give Trump another look. Nick Sandmann, high school graduate (and owner of CNN) quietly blasted cancel culture and donned a MAGA hat for the close.

The best speech goes to First Lady Melania Trump. Deeply empathetic, warm, and great-hearted, the White House should encourage her to give more speeches (as uncomfortable as she might be with that). We’re used to seeing a lot more of our First Ladies but the press has seemingly embargoed Melania — unless they’re criticizing her shoes.

Like many, I expected the RNC to be as least as slipshod as the DNC was last week. Instead, the GOP has presented a positive, inspiring message aimed directly at those voters not consumed by the 24/7 political outrage machine.

There’s a good reason for the Left to rage. They’re worried.

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  1. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Many tonight are screaming about the President broadcasting from the White House as a violation of Federal law. The same people who say we should all work from home because of Covid.

    Ok. He’s working from home.

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    • August 25, 2020, at 9:03 PM PDT
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  2. WI Con Member
    WI Con Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    That’s a good, accurate summation @jongabriel. The Left, the Dems/MSM are losing their “stuff” – and it shows.

    I think there been a very effective balance of uplifting, hopeful patriotic themes coupled with determined fight (finally!) and red lines staked out from the Right. I can’t recall a more honest discussion of abortion and race at any convention of either party. There’s been a lot of issues brought up here, good on them.

    I think this has been a very socially conservative themed convention but it hasn’t been off-putting in a ‘Church Lady’ way.

    Another night, another big thumbs up!

    • #2
    • August 25, 2020, at 9:16 PM PDT
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  3. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Many tonight are screaming about the President broadcasting from the White House as a violation of Federal law. The same people who say we should all work from home because of Covid.

    Ok. He’s working from home.

    25th Amendment talk begets Hatch Act talk. These people suck

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    • August 25, 2020, at 9:20 PM PDT
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  4. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    • #4
    • August 25, 2020, at 9:22 PM PDT
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  5. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    • #5
    • August 25, 2020, at 9:27 PM PDT
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  6. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Combine projection with the idea that you’re the smartest people in the room, and you end up with the rage the left is having right now, because Trump and his people aren’t going by the script the Democrats and the media people had projected the Republican convention was going to be.

    They already were 110 percent certain it would be a convention of dark tones (hence the reason just about every story about Day 1 on Tuesday morning used the words “dark tones” somewhere in the lead), and — because the Dems own Hollywood and New York media centers — the production values would be amateurish, since if the DNC struggled to put on a virtual convention, how could the GOP have any hope of doing better? Instead we’ve gotten two nights of a smoothly-run event, and rather than just set their sights on attacking the speakers for pandering to the Trump base of deplorables, they’ve been hit with surprises like the pardon and the swearing-in ceremony, that they never projected to have to deal with.

    Getting beaten at their own game of visuals. messaging and production is why the anger level’s turned up to 11 right now (and I think it was Glenn Reynolds today over at Instapundit, who said the networks will likely try to do something like split-screen coverage on Thursday between Trump’s speech and Hurricane Laura coming ashore on the Gulf Coast, to push the idea that Trump’s celebrating while people’s lives are being upended by the storm. If he announces FEMA and disaster relief authorizations during the speech, they’ll probably go apoplectic).

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    • August 25, 2020, at 10:23 PM PDT
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  7. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Who was the woman who prayed at the beginning? I can’t find the reference anywhere. 

    • #7
    • August 26, 2020, at 12:21 AM PDT
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  8. Podkayne of Israel Member

    What I saw of night 2 was pretty good, but a lot slower-paced than the first night. The guy receiving a pardon was very moving.

    • #8
    • August 26, 2020, at 3:40 AM PDT
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  9. Concretevol Thatcher

    Have been mostly staying off twitter for awhile but logged on for a minute this morning. First thing I see is the lovely Bette Midler tweeting about Melania “oh God, she still can’t speak English”. Of course she speaks 5 languages but you do you Bette. Man what hateful people the left is.

    • #9
    • August 26, 2020, at 4:10 AM PDT
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  10. Giulietta Coolidge

    I think you can tell organizers took in the DNC and understood what a disaster it was (I can’t emphasize this enough. I only caught fragments and still think it was a total downer). More importantly, they get what an identity crisis the DP is experiencing. The speeches have universally been on-point, passionate, critical, yet optimistic. And never too long to exhaust anyone’s patience. Melania was just lovely. It was another well-organized night and here’s to hoping the streak continues tonight.

    • #10
    • August 26, 2020, at 4:22 AM PDT
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  11. MarciN Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: The best speech goes to First Lady Melania Trump. Deeply empathetic, warm, and great-hearted, the White House should encourage her to give more speeches (as uncomfortable as she might be with that). We’re used to seeing a lot more of our First Ladies but the press has seemingly embargoed Melania — unless they’re criticizing her shoes.

    Agreed. Her speech was so sincere and inspiring. 

    Her immigration story went to the heart of the left’s claim that the Republicans’ concerns are completely about immigration policies, not immigrants. Immigrants are great and wonderful. The government, including its immigration policies, is terrible. 

    We need to find some pithy ways to express ourselves on our side–bumper sticker copy, something like this: 

    Immigrants: Good. Immigration Policy: Bad. 

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    • August 26, 2020, at 6:45 AM PDT
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  12. Franco Inactive
    Franco Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Yeah, the RNC is committing the biggest moral transgression possible to the media: Normalizing Trump, the Trump Administration and Trump supporters.

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    • August 26, 2020, at 6:56 AM PDT
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  13. Suspira Member

    I’m heartened to hear that things were well run. My question is, Do you think anyone outside the base was watching? That’s key. (Confession: I didn’t. Don’t have the nerves for it.)

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    • August 26, 2020, at 7:40 AM PDT
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  14. Full Size Tabby Member

    Podkayne of Israel (View Comment):

    What I saw of night 2 was pretty good, but a lot slower-paced than the first night. The guy receiving a pardon was very moving.

    Yes, the pardon ceremony. The speeches by the ex-offender and the FBI agent who arrested him and is now one of his best friends together made a great example of a criminal justice system that works. 

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    • August 26, 2020, at 7:49 AM PDT
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  15. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    Don,

    This kid finally did what has needed to be done all along. He sued the bastards and won.

    Yeeeesssss!!!!

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • August 26, 2020, at 7:50 AM PDT
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  16. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    Don,

    Amazing. Even J Pod and Commentary was impressed. Wow!!

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • August 26, 2020, at 7:51 AM PDT
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  17. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    “Deregulation” was mentioned several times last night. Good. Very good. Four more years of this, please and thank you.

    • #17
    • August 26, 2020, at 7:53 AM PDT
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  18. Stad Coolidge

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Trump pardoned a reformed ex-con and swore in several new immigrants.

    But . . . but . . . this goes against the narrative he’s a racist and a xenophobe!

    • #18
    • August 26, 2020, at 8:11 AM PDT
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  19. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    So news reports are saying ratings are below the DNC show. Is this true? What does it mean, if anything?

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    • August 26, 2020, at 8:12 AM PDT
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  20. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    So news reports are saying ratings are below the DNC show. Is this true? What does it mean, if anything?

    It’s interesting that the Nielsen numbers and the C-SPAN streaming data are totally at odds, in that Nielsen is reporting a decline, while C-SPAN reported a six-fold increase in Monday’s numbers compared to Day 1 of the DNC a week earlier. It could simply mean that people abandoned the broadcast/cable services for streaming options, due to the fact that people inclined to watch the RNC event likely didn’t want to watch it with the attached network ‘analysis’ (though that would also show that swing voters and non-political junkies are still tuning out from the conventions, since you have to get more actively involved to find the RNC broadcast on streaming video or C-SPAN than just tuning into the networks, or even the news channels on cable).

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    • August 26, 2020, at 11:03 AM PDT
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  21. RightAngles Member

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Combine projection with the idea that you’re the smartest people in the room, and you end up with the rage the left is having right now,

    FBI please pick up the courtesy phone. From Reddit:

     

    • #21
    • August 26, 2020, at 11:35 AM PDT
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  22. Manny Member

    I’ve been too busy to join in Ricocher lately but I have caught some of the speeches from the convention. I am enjoying it very much. I’ll try to stop by tonight on Night 3’s live chat. 

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    • August 26, 2020, at 3:49 PM PDT
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  23. Tocqueville Coolidge

    Suspira (View Comment):

    I’m heartened to hear that things were well run. My question is, Do you think anyone outside the base was watching? That’s key. (Confession: I didn’t. Don’t have the nerves for it.)

    I feel exactly the same way! I look at twitter sometimes and occasionally I will fall on a comment from lefties and it’s a twilight zone alternate reality. We share no common points of reference. I can’t even predict how they are reacting. (And I was a lefty til 2015ish…)

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    • August 26, 2020, at 3:59 PM PDT
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  24. Stad Coolidge

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    So news reports are saying ratings are below the DNC show. Is this true? What does it mean, if anything?

    It’s interesting that the Nielsen numbers and the C-SPAN streaming data are totally at odds, in that Nielsen is reporting a decline, while C-SPAN reported a six-fold increase in Monday’s numbers compared to Day 1 of the DNC a week earlier. It could simply mean that people abandoned the broadcast/cable services for streaming options, due to the fact that people inclined to watch the RNC event likely didn’t want to watch it with the attached network ‘analysis’ (though that would also show that swing voters and non-political junkies are still tuning out from the conventions, since you have to get more actively involved to find the RNC broadcast on streaming video or C-SPAN than just tuning into the networks, or even the news channels on cable).

    I also wonder if the streaming services counted people who DVRed the convention.

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    • August 27, 2020, at 6:25 AM PDT
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  25. Stad Coolidge

    Biden is not going to win the “Groping women” vote either:

     

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    • August 27, 2020, at 6:30 AM PDT
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  26. RightAngles Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    So news reports are saying ratings are below the DNC show. Is this true? What does it mean, if anything?

    It’s interesting that the Nielsen numbers and the C-SPAN streaming data are totally at odds, in that Nielsen is reporting a decline, while C-SPAN reported a six-fold increase in Monday’s numbers compared to Day 1 of the DNC a week earlier. It could simply mean that people abandoned the broadcast/cable services for streaming options, due to the fact that people inclined to watch the RNC event likely didn’t want to watch it with the attached network ‘analysis’ (though that would also show that swing voters and non-political junkies are still tuning out from the conventions, since you have to get more actively involved to find the RNC broadcast on streaming video or C-SPAN than just tuning into the networks, or even the news channels on cable).

    I also wonder if the streaming services counted people who DVRed the convention.

    And if the Google-owned YouTube fudged the numbers of us who watched it there (I was one).

    • #26
    • August 27, 2020, at 2:43 PM PDT
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